Have you ever wished you had access to a map of the world's best local boutiques? Perhaps you're visiting the French capital and want a Parisian's take on the best antiques shopping. Or maybe you would like to learn more about the arts scene in Barcelona.
A new company called Shopikon aims to make this dream a reality. Currently covering San Francisco, New York, and five European cities (London, Paris, Barcelona, Vienna, and Berlin) with plans to expand to Los Angeles and Chicago next, Shopikon evaluates local small businesses based on product selection, atmosphere, dedication to their specialty, and overall shopping experience and delivers this info through its website and an app tailored to each city. Users can browse by category or search term and see not only a list of handpicked stores but also receive insider tips of the best nearby restaurants and markets.